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76th Anniversary of Gone With the Wind’s Oscar Wins

On February 29, 1940, Hollywood was abuzz and aglitter with Oscar fever. As was the custom, the names of the Oscar winners were revealed in advance to the press, with newspapers making a solemn promise not to break the news … Continue reading

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And the Winners Were…

With an unprecedented 13 nominations in 12 categories (double nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Gone With the Wind won a record-breaking 8 competitive Academy Awards: Best Picture – Gone With the Wind Best Actress – Vivien Leigh Best Supporting Actress … Continue reading

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Best Screenplay Contenders for 1939

In the Best Screenplay category, Sidney Howard’s work on Gone With the Wind was up against the following Academy Award contenders:  Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch and Billy Wilder’s screenplay for Ninotchka Sidney Buchman’s screenplay for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington … Continue reading

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1939 Oscar Nominees Announced

On Monday, February 12, 1940, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of Oscar nominees for 1939. David O. Selznick’s masterpiece scored an unprecedented 13 nominations in 12 categories: Best Picture – Gone With the Wind Best … Continue reading

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Accident Kills Gone With the Wind’s Screenwriter

Work on Gone With the Wind halted suddenly when tragic news from the East Coast reached Selznick International Pictures: Gone With the Wind’s original screenwriter was dead.  Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Sidney Howard owned a 700-hundred-acre cattle ranch in Tyringham, Massachusetts.  On … Continue reading

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Rhett Just Doesn’t Care

On Thursday, June 8, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the scene of Rhett’s farewell. A tearful Scarlett wails, “If you go, where shall I go, what shall I do?” And Rhett exits with “My dear, … Continue reading

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